How to Refer

We make it easy for physicians to refer pediatric patients for transplant evaluation.

 We’re here to assist you through the entire process — from the preliminary clinical review to insurance authorization to transplant surgery.

Our physicians are available via in-person interactions, by phone, email, or through teleconference sessions. 

To refer a patient, please call 412-692-6110 or email livertransplant@chp.edu.


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Living-Donor Liver Transplants

Each year, more than 30 children die waiting for a liver transplant. Others become too sick to be considered for transplantation. Living-liver donation saves lives and time by increasing the amount of available organs for children in need. Living-donor liver transplants offer improved outcomes and help diminish waitlist mortality.

At the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, we’ve performed over 1,700 pediatric liver transplants, more than any other center in the U.S. This includes more than 125 living-donor liver transplants and over 330 liver transplants for metabolic disease.

Our patient and graft survival rates are consistently higher than national averages. Three-year patient and graft survival rates for living-donor liver transplants are 100 percent compared to national averages of 95 and 89 percent respectively, according to 2015 data from the Scientific Registry of Transplantation.

Advantages of Living–Donor Liver Transplantation

  • Shorter wait times. This procedure can help eliminate the long wait on the pediatric transplant list.
  • Elective surgery. The operation can be done electively, when the recipient is in optimal condition.
  • Improved long-term outcomes. Recipients generally have better results and better genetic matches when they receive an organ from a living donor.
  • Treatment options for many disorders. Our transplant program treats a wide range of disorders, including end-stage liver disease as well as metabolic disorders.